The Nude Bomb (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  9 May 1980 (USA)
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Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.



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An unknown terrorist has developed a new type of bomb that will destroy clothing, but leave people unharmed. Agent Maxwell Smart (this time without 99 or Hymie) is taken out of retirement and sent back into the field to track down who this madman is and put a stop to his plans. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Before The Naked Gun, There Was . . . The Nude Bomb [USA Video] See more »


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Release Date:

9 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Return of Maxwell Smart  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Sylvia Kristel:  The adult porn star plays Agent 34. See more »


When Mr. Seigle is being pushed in to the emergency room, the stretcher hits a series of doors. Right after passing the elevators the camera goes in closer to Mr. Seigle and the door on the left has a broken window, but when the camera pulls back, the window is unbroken. It is the next set of doors that has the broken window. See more »


Chief: Where's Sauvage?
Maxwell Smart: He got hung up.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are based on Don Adams/Maxwell Smart's catch phrase "Would you believe...?" The words literally form the backdrop of the action; at one point "Would you believe a movie called 'The Nude Bomb' could receive a PG rating?" appears; and after Max inadvertently blows up the bad guy, the words "Would you believe a helluva explosion?" appear on screen. See more »


Referenced in Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (1980) See more »


You're Always There
Sung by Merry Clayton
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Lalo Schifrin
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Mostly a plug for the Universal Studios tour
26 December 2005 | by (Jacksonville Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

As another IMDb contributor has noted, it seems very strange that Universal wanted to make a Maxwell Smart movie -- in fact, at the time, there was talk of doing a series of Smart movies a la Inspector Clouseau -- and then went out of its way to remove nearly every element that made "Get Smart!" so funny. Nearly all of Don Adams' supporting cast (esp. Barbara Feldon and Edward "Chief" Platt) are absent here, as are rivalling spy agencies CONTROL and KAOS, as well as *any* of the show's writers or producers. Happily (with the exception of the deceased Platt), they'd all get it right nine years later, for the TV-reunion-movie "Get Smart, Again!" Indeed, as of this writing, that movie is the only "Get Smart" item available on DVD; better that than "The Nude Bomb," at least.

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